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Muscle Beach... Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello star in Muscle Beach Party as fun-loving... more info $14.35was $24.95 Buy Now

Beach Blanket... Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are back on the beach in Beach Blanket... more info $13.95was $24.95 Buy Now

How to Stuff a... While Frankie (Avalon) is off in the Navy, he enlists the help of a witch doctor... more info $11.45was $19.98 Buy Now

The Shaggy Dog... The Shaggy Dog the first live-action movie ever produced by Walt Disney is on... more info $11.95was $14.99 Buy Now

The Shaggy... Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) is just an ordinary teenager until a magical ring... more info $8.95was $9.99 Buy Now

The Best of... Join Annette, Bobby, Jimmie, Roy, Cheryl, Cubby and the rest of the Mouseketeers... more info $6.95was $6.25 Buy Now

Also Known As: Annette Joanne Funicello Died:
Born: October 22, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Utica, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... actor singer
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Before Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, there was Annette Funicello, the original Mouseketeer. When she burst out on the scene as the bubbly girl-next-door on "The Mickey Mouse Club" (ABC, 1955-59), America quickly fell in love with Funicello, making her one of the most recognized faces on television at that time. She was such a huge success on the show that by the end of the first season, the actress was receiving about 6,000 fan letters a week, a feat that astounded even Walt Disney himself. She re-emerged in the 1960s as a teen icon, starring in several "beach party" movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) opposite fellow idol Frankie Avalon, and would later inspire longtime fans with her courageous battle against the debilitating disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), which led to her death in April 2013. However, it was her warm, all-American persona as a Mouseketeer - her name famously embossed across her Disney sweater - that would be the Annette Funicello fans remembered best.

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